Augustus Rivers Thompson

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Augustus Rivers Thompson
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Chief Commissioner of Burma
In office
14 April 1875 – 30 March 1878
Preceded by Ashley Eden
Succeeded by Charles Umpherston Aitchison
Lieutenant Governor of Bengal
In office
Preceded by Ashley Eden
Succeeded by Steuart Colvin Bayley
Personal details
Born 1829
Died 27 November 1890 (1890-11-28) (aged 61)
Nationality British
Occupation Administrator

Sir Augustus Rivers Thompson KCSI CIE (1829 – 27 November 1890) served as Chief Commissioner of the British Crown Colony of Burma from April 1875 to March 1878.[citation needed] He was Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal between 1882 and 1887.[1]

Thompson was appointed a CSI in 1877, a CIE in 1883 and knighted with the KCSI in 1885.

His name is also associated with the European agitators in the Ilbert Bill controversy. He was president of the executive committee of the Calcutta International Exhibition (1883-1884).[2] He established the R.T. Girls' High School in Suri, Birbhum.


  1. ^ Buckland, Charles Edward (1901). Bengal Under The Lieutenant-Governors. 2. Calcutta: S. K. Lahiri & Co. p. 760. 
  2. ^ Pelle, Findling, ed. (2008). "Appendix C:Fair Officials". Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 418–419. ISBN 978-0-7864-3416-9. 

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Government offices
Preceded by
Ashley Eden
Chief Commissioner of British Crown Colony of Burma
Succeeded by
Charles Umpherston Aitchinson
Preceded by
Sir Ashley Eden
Lieutenant-governor of Bengal
Succeeded by
Sir Steuart Colvin Bayley